Fighting Anxiety Part II
Welcome to the Part II of our series on anxiety! So, which type of anxiety are you experiencing? I was not aware that there were so many of them! I have here some resources where you are able to use a checklist to help explain each one.
According to authorities on the subject who have received several accolades for their unparalleled efforts to alleviate this issue, there are 6 most common anxiety disorders and you will also find checklists to help you recognize the symptoms. (credits to Understanding Anxiety and BeyondBlue.org)
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
This is where a person feels anxious and worried for a period of six months or more.
This is when a person experiences an intense fear of being criticized, embarrassed or humiliated, even in everyday situations. They are worried about speaking to others in all types of regular situations in activities of daily living: at the store, pumping gas, at work, at school, etc.
This person is afraid of a particular object or situation and may go to great lengths to avoid it. There are several types of phobias.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
“A person has ongoing unwanted/intrusive thoughts and fears that cause anxiety.” The way this person deals with the anxiety is by displaying certain behaviors or engage in “rituals
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
“This can happen after a person experiences a traumatic event (e.g. war, assault, accident, disaster). Symptoms can include difficulty relaxing, upsetting dreams or flashbacks of the event, and avoidance of anything related to the event. PTSD is diagnosed when a person has symptoms for at least a month.”
This is described as a person experiences severe panic attacks where they have uncontrollable feelings of anxiety. There is also a physical impact on the person at the time of a panic attack like dizziness, shortness of breath, pain, etc. If this persist over a month, this person can be diagnosed as having a panic disorder.
So there you have it. I have been researching more about this macabre problem to find solace. It can be a crippling disease! So many people are affected by it and while more prominent, it is not as well-known as depression…
Stress and anxiety are trying to take control of our lives but we will NOT have it! Let’s arm ourselves with knowledge and in the next and last post, let’s find ways to combat them. Are you up to it?
Before we jump in, I have to let you know that this will be a journey. Throughout my research, it points out that people have to stay vigilant and keep using the tools provided to them. It is like having to drink water, or brush your teeth everyday: keep using those tools everyday. So if you find yourself engulfed by anxiety, you will not only have to dig yourself out from under it, but you also will have to KEEP yourself out from under it.
Stay tuned, my friends. As much as we support each other, we WILL triumph together.
Keep your Faith alive,